Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray announced a transition committee today that includes 43 people representing a range of interests, communities and expertise, including business, labor and the city’s ethnic groups. A news release from the transition team quoted Murray as saying, “This is what inclusiveness and collaboration look like.”
Collaboration was a central theme of Murray’s campaign for mayor and one of the qualities in which he said he most differed from Mayor Mike McGinn, whom he defeated in the November general election.
Among the list of prominent names is Dave Freiboth, executive secretary of the King County Labor Council; Dave Meinert, nightlife leader and business owner; David Rolf, president of SEIU 775NW; Joanne Harrell, Microsoft director and wife of City Councilmember Bruce Harrell; Kate Joncas, president of the Downtown Seattle Association; Martha Kongsgaard, environmental leader and philanthropist; former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck; Pramila Jayapal, former director of OneAmerica; and Ron Sims, former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Among the surprises, Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro De La Raza, who was a strong and vocal supporter of McGinn.
Murray’s communications director, Jeff Reading, said the committee participants will be given specific tasks between now and the end of the year to help Murray reach out to the communities they represent. They will also be asked to host at least one meeting between Murray and their respective communities during the new administration.
Murray is expected to announce several key hires on his executive leadership staff in the next week or so.